| 2013 - 2014 | Volume, n. 1. A unit of written material assembled together and cataloged in a library. 2. A large amount; quantity. 3. Loudness. | VOLUMe
Blake Hylton, Doctoral Candidate
President, Purdue Graduate Student Government
Member, Dean’s Advisory Council, and
Graduate Student Libraries Advisory Council
Doctoral Candidate, Mechanical Engineering
Kyle Pendergrast, Class of 2014
President of Purdue Student Government,
IMPACTThrough Learning, Information Literacy
Biology is a science of scientists. For this reason, science and library faculty must work together as equal partners to introduce the practices that "inform" biology professionals and explicitly address the potential for students to inform themselves about biology as a research science. As sole instructor, I would not have been able to to redesign my core course, Biology 131: Development Structure and Function of Organisms, without the help of the Libraries faculty.
Several years ago I began collaborating with Biomedical Science Information Specialist, Maribeth Slebodnik, to transform my first-year undergraduate courses. Maribeth helped me find ways to help students practice information literacy in my course. I began to integrate research based, learning outcomes in my course. Student-centered learning requires undergraduates to construct knowledge, which typically requires engaging with and critically evaluating information.
When I joined the first cohort of faculty who volunteered for the IMPACT program (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation) and Clarence Maybee joined our collaboration, we began to frame our efforts with a model that showed us the need to have my students research and explore topics in biology that were of particular interest to them. It was
crucial to reframe the course and help students make biology relevant to them and their interests.
Using a peer-led team-based approach,
I had students work in small groups on problems throughout the semester that involved learning to navigate Purdue databases and distinguish primary research from meta-analysis, while simultaneously learning more about course content.
I am very pleased with the long-term results of my course transformation and my partnership with Purdue Libraries faculty. My classroom has becom more diverse, and biology has become more relevant to my students. The University's support through the IMPACT program solidified the collective effort I experienced with the faculty from the Libraries.
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences,
College of Science
IMPACTThrough Learning, Information Literacy
As the Information Literacy Specialist for Purdue Libraries, I work with faculty and students to enhance students’ information literacy through an approach called informed learning that emphasizesknowing how to use information critically
to learn about the subject being studied.
I help lead the IMPACT program (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation). In IMPACT, members of the Purdue Libraries faculty collaborate with instructors and other Purdue experts to redesign foundational courses, suggesting informed learning solutions when appropriate for the class curriculum.
As part of an IMPACT team, I collaborated with Purdue biologist, Nancy Palaez, and the Libraries’ Biomedical Sciences Information Specialist, Maribeth Slebodnik, to redesign a foundational biology course. We worked together to redesign the course to have students research and explore topics in biology that are linked to their personal interests— enhancing students’ information literacy while learning about topics relevant to the course.
IMPACT is the collaborative effort of a number of campus entities, including the Center for Instructional Excellence(CIE), Discovery Learning Research Center (DLRC), Extended Campus, iTaP Teaching and Learning, and the Libraries. Over the next three years IMPACT will oversee the redesign of nearly 180 foundational courses.
Assistant Professor, Information Literacy Specialist, Purdue University Libraries
Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences Information Specialist, Purdue University Libraries
A Central Focuson Active Learning
An ecotone is a transition area between two environments where two ecosystems meet and integrate such as a field and forest or a marsh and grassland. What we are creating in the Active Learning Center is an ‘ecotone’ by bringing together two environments, the classroom and the library. Each has its own identity and history. The goal of the Active Learning Center is to integrate the best attributes of the classroom and the library into one facility, creating a new environment that is richer, more efficient, and more effective than either could be on its own.
Dean & Esther Ellis Norton Professor, Purdue University Libraries
EVOLUTION of a Manuscript
My lifelong interests in the written word led me to my current role as a managing editor for Purdue University Press, a division of Purdue Libraries. I enjoy helping to shape written content into something digestible, rich and lasting. Purdue University Press publishes approximately 25 books, 15 journals and 20 other publications anually.
I manage the evoultion of a manuscript- from a short proposal or tentative manuscript, to a published product that furthers knowledge, working closely with authors during the editing knowledge and typesetting phases of their book and journal projects. I edit and typeset apporximately six boox-length projects annually while coordinating the activites of my fellow in-house production editors and external vendors.
Over the last five yearsm we've worked to focus our list on areas of strength for the University, particularly in the "STEAM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculutre, and Math) fields. Additionally, we've expanded to join the Purdue Libraries Publishing Division, and we are supporting our community of scholars and the greater world with more Open Access and innovative publications.
Purdue University Press is one arm of the Purdue Libraries Publishing Divison, which was created in 2012. While the Press generates highly academics, traditional products, such as books and journals, Scholarly Publishing Services(the other arm) produces different, oftentimes, innovative materials, such as "grey literature" much of which is availabale in Open Access format.
A publishing arm like Purdue University Press is extremely beneficial to a research library system like Purdue University Libraries. We are in tune with the types of research happening across campus and, thus, are able to help disseminate information to the wider world and allowed Purdue University Press to evolve into a more focused, vibrant organization with a firm place within Purdue University Libraries.
In all these instances, we are central to the University’s academic mission — and student success.
Managing Editor, Purdue University Press
Jean-Pierre V.M. Herubel
Professor, Philosophy, Anthropology/
Archaeology, Science and Culture, Jewish Studies, and Medieval Studies Liaison. Purdue University Libraries.
I relish my role as an archivist, linking pieces of history to the present to facilitate new scholarship and perspectives on the past—foundational knowledge that inspires students and informs research and innovation.
I became an archivist because of my love for history combined with a passion to uncover, preserve, and make accessible archival documents that provide direct, diverse, and nearly indisputable evidence of how history was made.
The 2011 gift from the Hilton Foundation and Barron Hilton to establish an endowment for the Flight Archives resulted in a marked growth of the collection. The Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives holds primary source materials related to the history and development of powered flight and manned space exploration. The original collection began with the gift of aviator Amelia Earhart’s papers by her husband George Palmer Putnam in 1940. Over the decades, the number of flight-related archival collections has increased to reflect the steady growth of Purdue University faculty and alumni contributions to the development of aviation and later, space exploration.
Since a number of Purdue graduates and faculty played key roles in the advancements of the Space Age, the Hilton Archives holds papers of astronauts, engineers, project and program administrators, and those in related fields. Perhaps most notable are aeronautical engineering graduate, Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, and electrical engineering graduate Eugene Cernan, the most recent to walk on the Moon.
Looking forward, I hope to tie Purdue’s rich aeronautical history into building a world-class archival collection documenting the development of aviation and space exploration and the central role the University and its graduates have played.
Barron Hilton Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration
LibrariansLeading the Charge
The role of a librarian in a university research library continues to evolve and transcend traditional definitions.
Libraries must adapt and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of their users. At the heart of my career is a desire to help others make informed decisions by discovering, learning and applying quality information. In the field of Health and Life Science, these skills could not be more critical.
I balance multiple roles, including managerial duties, and welcome the opportunity for libraries to adapt to changing needs, break new ground and embark on unchartered territory. Change brings opportunities.
Over the course of my tenure at Purdue Libraries, I have helped streamline the operations management of library divisions and have been heavily involved as an embedded librarian teaching within the pharmacy program. I collaborated with pharmacy faculty as they revamped Purdue’s Pharmacy curriculum.
I work with fellow information specialists within my division to take an active role in teaching and shaping curriculum as faculty liaisons and subject specialists.
I strive to translate the “bigger picture” to my division—understanding the Library as a system, not just an individual division. I am honored to shape the creation of Purdue’s Active Learning Center. As co-chair of the ALC Participatory Design Committee, I have been given the privilege to lead the charge for data-driven results that will be vital in construction and development of the Active Learning Center. My continued focus remains on understanding how patrons use library space, and ensuring our resources and design exceed needs and expectations now and far into the future.
Professor of Library Science, Division Head, Health and Life Sciences, Purdue University Libraries
My overarching goal is to build the Black Cultural Center Library’s contributions towards increasing cultural awareness, usage of African American information resources, and overall information literacy, particularly among African American students at Purdue, through cultural programming and instruction.
One of the Black Cultural Center’s signature programs is the Cultural Arts Series, which this semester will focus on the Gullah, a distinctive group of African Americans predominantly from the South Carolina and Georgia Sea Islands. The series features a variety of events including a research tour, film screening, culinary tasting, performances, and various other presentations highlighting Gullah culture. We are also in the beginning stages of planning a study abroad trip to Brazil, which will highlight Afro-Brazilian culture and allow students to make global connections in support of diversity through education and culture.
Although the BCC is known for its innovative programming, one of its best kept secrets is the Library’s extensive interdisciplinary collection of more than 7,000 volumes and multimedia items that highlight many aspects of the African American and African Diasporic experience. I enjoy working with both the Black Cultural Center and Purdue Libraries to ensure that students develop the cultural competency and information literacy skills they need.
As a cultural heritage professional, I want to be instrumental in preserving not only the library collection, but also the Black Cultural Center’s extensive archival and museum collections, making them more transparent and accessible to the Purdue community. The BCC possesses a wealth of resources that often go overlooked, a fact that belies the importance of promoting these invaluable resources.
Jamillah R. Gabriel
Black Cultural Center Librarian, Black Cultural Center
Metadata Specialist,Purdue University Libraries
Digital Archivist, Purdue University Libraries Archives and Special Collections/e-Archives
A Service Model ofCollaboration
I serve as the Purdue University Libraries’ first point of contact for the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR). I engage with researchers, librarians, and subject specialists to educate and learn, advocate for and participate in the Libraries’ mission to steward and disseminate Purdue’s data globally and with increasing impact.
I work as part of a larger PURR team to provide Purdue researchers, graduate students, and staff a free service and platform to steward their data through data management, collaboration, publication, and long-term preservation.
Digital Data Repository Specialist, Purdue University Research Repository
A Service Model ofCollaboration
I serve as scholarly publications specialist for Purdue e-Pubs, an open access institutional repository with over 30,000 full-text publications, journal articles, conference proceedings, presentations, theses and more. Purdue e-Pubs also houses technical reports, working papers, extension publications, and undergraduate research papers.
Purdue e-Pubs also serves as a publishing platform for several open access journals, including several affiliated with the Purdue University Press, and the conference proceedings and presentations for several university affiliated conferences.
Purdue e-Pubs provides free global online access that affords members of the Purdue community a way to increase the visibility and impact of their scholarship. Items deposited in Purdue e-Pubs have their own long-term stable URLs and are searchable through many public databases and search engines including Google Scholar.
Scholarly Repository Specialist, Purdue e-Pubs
Message From the Libraries' Dean's Advisory Council Chair
Nine years ago I was asked to serve on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Purdue University Libraries by then President Martin Jischke. Although I used the Libraries when I was a student at Purdue, my knowledge of and experience with libraries during my lifetime has been minimal. During these past nine years, my eyes have been opened to the important role that Libraries has in enriching the learning experience and advancing the research mission of Purdue. I have enjoyed these years, and during the past seven as chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council.
The stories in this issue of VOLUMe, and the two previous issues, help to convey the important roles of the Libraries faculty and staff here at Purdue. Reflecting on some of the major achievements described in this issue of VOLUMe, I am impressed and grateful for the dedication and creativity displayed by these individuals. Additionally, as I think about these past achievements I contemplate an exciting and groundbreaking project—the Active Learning Center.
The Active Learning Center will bring together the best of the traditional library by creating study and learning spaces, individual and group, that will seamlessly entwine and interweave with state of the art classrooms. By bringing the resources of six of the science and engineering libraries into one space, the expertise and resources of individual disciplines will be more accessible by creating an interdisciplinary environment spanning science, engineering and technology. The Active Learning Center will be a central hub of knowledge and scholarship—complemented by the expertise of Purdue Libraries faculty and staff. The Active Learning Center will support the ongoing transformation of instruction and learning through new instructional pedagogies enabled by a facility that is flexible and renewable.
Finally, like any Purdue alum, I remember the smokestack as a landmark on the Purdue campus. With the construction of the Active Learning Center on the site of the old Power Plant and the Smokestack, a new landmark will be created—one that future Boilermakers will remember, at the heart of the campus and of their learning.
The State of Indiana committed $50,000,000, and the University has earmarked $13,000,000, of the $79,000,000 total cost. However, that leaves $16,000,000 to be raised from alumni donors and friends of Purdue. It has been my privilege to make a financial commitment toward the cost of construction; if you, too, share my commitment to the education of future Boilermakers please join with me in supporting the drive to raise the remaining funds necessary to construct the Active Learning Center.
BSIM 1969 School of Management
Chair, Dean’s Advisory Council, Purdue University Libraries